Saturday, April 30, 2016

Django, Sartana, Trinity and the Others

Django, Sartana, Trinita’ et les autres… - French title
Django, Trinità und die anderen... – German title
Django, Sartana, Trinity and the Others... – English title

A 2014 French production [L'Envol Production, Film Co Lyre, Ciné +, Paris Première, CNC, Procirep-Angoa (Paris)]
Producers: Louis Black, Carolyn Pfeiffer, David Hollander and Nancy P. Sanders
Director: Jean-François Giré, Jean-Jacques Bernard
Screenplay: Jean-François Giré, Jean-Jacques Bernard
Cinematography: [color]
Music: various
Running time: 52 minutes


Marco Barboni, Gianni Garko (Gianni Garković), Franco Nero, Sergio Felicoli, Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) Terence Hill (Mario Girotti), Marc Mazza (Marc Mazzacurati), Nori Corbucci, Nora Orlandi

Once upon a time, in the mid-1960s ... accompanied by my father, I went frantically to the neighborhood cinemas so my eyes could devour all the "westerns". One day, I saw appear on the screen a new hero whose exploits were extraordinary imagined at Cinecittà: Django, Sartana, Trinita 'and others, invaded my imagination. I started doodling in school notebooks small inflamed texts, but naive, to the glory of this new saga dragged on the "dream band."

I became a filmmaker, I decided to find the last survivors of this incredible adventure of the Italian western so they could tell us about some of their best rides. - Jean-François Giré

Special Birthdays

Phil Brown (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 2006.

Felipe Sacdalan (cinematographer) would have been 100 today, he died in 2005.
Ricardo Blasco (director, screenwriter) would have been 95 today, he died in 1994.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spaghetti Western Trivia

When Giuliano Gemma started making westerns the Italian producers thought it was best to Americanize his name if they wanted to release his films internationally. This way viewers would think he was an American actor.

I’ve heard several stories on how the name Montgomery Wood was chosen. Robert Woods told me that after the success of his early westerns several actors copied the Wood(s) name to cash in on his early success. Second I heard Gemma was asked to pick an American sounding stage name and because he was a huge fan of Montgomery Clift and Natalie Wood he chose Montgomery Wood. The daughter of Giuliano, Giuliana Gemma told me a producer picked out the name and he had nothing to do with it. In fact she said he hated the name.

I guess it maybe a little of all those answers or none of them at all. I guess we’ll never know for sure.

New DVD Release

Tedeum - Jeder Hieb ein Prankenschlag
(Sting of the West)

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Starring: Jack Palance, Lionel Stander, Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Country: Germany
Label: Edel Germany
Region: 2
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (PAL) 16:9
Languages: Dolby Digital 2.0, German, Italian
Running time: 95 minutes
Released: April 29 22, 2016